Bonner takes in Notre Dame as a commit

Notre Dame linebacker commit Jonathan Bonner of Chesterfield (Mo.) Parkway Central was on hand for Notre Dame's win over Michigan State. He recaps his weekend in South Bend as an Irish pledge.

Notre Dame extended an offer to linebacker Jonathan Bonner of Chesterfield (Mo.) Parkway Central after the once under-the-radar athlete blew away his competition at Notre Dame's camp this summer. Last Saturday, Bonner made his way back to Notre Dame, but this time as a committed prospect.

"It was great," Bonner said. "Friday night, I had a game, so we couldn't start driving until early Saturday morning. We got to Notre Dame about an hour before the game and went to the tunnel where we met with some coaches and players and recruits."

It was Bonner's second time to Notre Dame and first time seeing the Irish play in person.

"It was a great atmosphere," Bonner said. "I really liked the entire feel of it and how much spirit there was for Notre Dame football. I was able to watch warm-ups and talk more with the coaches. They were excited to see me there."

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound linebacker was recruited by the staff to play CAT linebacker for the Irish.

"Yeah, I was able to watch the linebackers during the game," Bonner said. "I think I fit that role well (CAT linebacker). I have quick feet and can drop into coverage, but I also have a good pass rush."

"I'm 100 percent committed," Bonner added. "There's never been a doubt."

The highlight of the trip?

"I liked everything, but the highlight was Notre Dame winning," Bonner said. "A great experience."

In Bonner's Friday night game, a blowout victory over Parkway West, Bonner had three tackles, two tackles for loss, and an interception that he returned for 22 yards. Top Stories